Occult America

Occult America

The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation

Book - 2009
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From the meaning of the symbols on the one-dollar bill to the origins of the Ouija board, "Occult America" briskly sweeps from the nation's earliest days of mystical and esoteric movements to the birth of the New Age era, tracing the many people and episodes that continue to exert such a powerful pull on the public today.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781616642426
Characteristics: 290 p. ; 21 cm.


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Dec 22, 2017

Well, if this book is "less than comprehensive," I would suggest you read the following books. Manley P. Hall - "The Secret Destiny Of America," Ted Flynn - "Hope Of The Wicked," and mainly, Christopher Knight - "Solomon's Power Brokers." Then make a comprehensive assessment yourself, using your brain. A commentator mentioned the Book of Revelations: it was written NOT by John the Apostle, but by the "Mystery Religion" (Babylonian occult) - they are that "Harlot"; they write it about themselves as if they had hated it - this all is to dupe us. And the Jesus figure (Sirius, the Morning Star, the Rebel Angel) of the Bible is Lucifer in the OT, and the good Jesus is in the NT - a flip-flop Jesus. This is why in the Harry Potter story Harry is both. In Revelations the Jesus figure is bloodthirsty, totally different from the NT's Jesus. And in Revelations that Jesus says: "I am that bright and Morning Star," which is Sirius, representing Lucifer, the rebel against God. There the old world is destroyed with plagues, the people are chipped with body implant in their heads or hands, and a new world "comes down to earth," and that's the plan (of not God, but the occult sect) for a new order of things on earth. In Revelation the Templars, who called themselves "Kings of God" identify themselves as such, and in 5.10 they say: "...we shall rule over the earth." Once the Jehova's Witnesses visited me in my home, and I asked them: "it is said in Revelations that "These are the words said by the Amen" - who is that Amen?" And the missionaries said: "it's Jesus." Wow, that "Amen" is Amon-Ra, Sun-God of Ancient Egypt, and here you have Jesus as a Sun God. Even the Bible is occult. Jacob's Ladder is a symbol in the Bible for the occult secret societies, where you can ascend to Heaven by taking the degrees in the Order, and so you can become an Angel or a God. Helter-Skelter is the same. By the way, the NT star of Bethlehem is also Sirius, the Morning Star, the star of Lucifer (and of Communism, which was created too by the occultists) according to the OT (but this is kept a secret before the public, and we are told different "guesses," like it was maybe the Halley Comet or some star in the Alpha Draconis constellation, etc.). The Magi or Kings of the East who went to Bethlehem were occultists too. OK, so, read the book "Solomon's Power Brokers" available in Burnaby PL, if you want to see comprehensively and in a not occult but realistic way, what our world is about. By the way, it's not a secret that the founding fathers of America were into the occult strongly. Read rather the book "Solomon's Power Brokers" than expect me to tell you touchy things about that. Read also Texe Marrs' book: "Codex Magica." Looks to me like the author of this book here focuses on the fringe occult groups to direct attention away from the main one. One of the fringe groups is Scientology - I wonder if this book talks about them. A guy talked about them on talk radio, said it was mind control too, and he said: "I don't tell you more here because I would like to live 20 yrs more." And he said: "the Scientologists keep 19 lawyers ready to sue you out of existence if you disturb their business." Read the Solomon's Power Brokers book if you want to know more about the mainstay of occultism, its history and goals.

Apr 22, 2016

This book reads more like a collection of trivia on the subject rather than a linear story on the development of America and occult attitudes. Still, for history lovers, it's an interesting read and a springing board to more complex or detailed material.

I'd recommend this for people with a passing interest in US history and/or the occult itself.

Feb 12, 2014

Uncritical anecdotes regarding woo woo. The author's treatment of the Millerites, a 19th century millennial sect, is an example. He defends them against charges of giving away their possessions and winding up their affairs as "exaggerated" -- based on, so far as I can tell, nothing -- and praises them for their industry and thrift. But he fails to note: a) they thought the fricking world was coming to an end, and b) the world did not, in fact, come to an end.


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